Service-Learning Engaged Scholar - Rich Fry
Dr. Richard Fry, associate professor of computer science at Weber State University, has consistently been a leader in bringing community engaged learning to his computer science students. Dr. Fry was the first WSU Computer Science faculty to introduce Community Based Learning (CBL) initiatives into the Computer Science (CS) curriculum. Dr. Fry has partnered with community organizations (like the Ogden Rotary Club, the Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center, Catholic Community Services, and Cottages of Hope) to engage his students in building sustainable Software Engineering projects. Dr. Fry has also established the nation’s first CS Community Engagement abroad program, and more than three dozen WSU CS students have traveled to both Ghana and Thailand to work on Software Engineering problems affecting their global community. All of Dr. Fry’s courses include activities that require students to “engage” with others – collaborating together with other classmates on group projects, and/or working directly with individuals in the community to overcome problems.
Civically Engaged Student - Clay Rumsey
Clay Rumsey has used his time at Weber State to both actively participate in community engaged work in and out of the classroom and to create opportunities for other students to do the same. As a physics student, Rumsey engaged community children in his love of science at WSU’s Physics Open houses and helped elementary school students build paper rockets to launch 200 feet in the air. Additionally, with the HARBOR group, Rumsey helped researched the environmental impact of particulate matter in the atmosphere. Rumsey has also volunteered with the local YMCA, Saint Anne’s Shelter and other community organizations. To encourage students to engage in the community, Rumsey also founded a chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars on campus, serving as president in the chapter’s first two years. The organization now has over 100 members and is the second largest student service organization at Weber State.
Civically Engaged Staff Member - Amber Robson
In her ten years at Weber State, Amber Robson has organized and promoted many events that have partnered the WSU campus with the surrounding community. In 2009, Robson created the Fill the Sleigh event, a free campus event in which attendees can visit with Santa Clause, meet his two live reindeer, and participate in free craft activities while supporting their local community by and donating items that are in high demand during the holiday season. Through the event’s last five years, more than 3600 pounds of needed items have been donated to the community. Robson has brought together campus partners (including Campus Stores, the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Parking Services) with community partners (like Ogden Rescue Mission and Catholic Community Services) and student groups (as volunteers to run the crafts and donation drive) as well as brought in many students and community members as event participants.
Committed Community Partner - Karina Martin
Catholic Community Services
As volunteer coordinator at Catholic Community Services (CCS), Karina Martin has actively sought ways to connect Weber State faculty and students to CCS and to the Ogden community. Martin deeply values the academic components of engaged learning, and always seeks to coordinate service opportunities closely with student learning outcomes. She also seeks to “put students in the driver’s seat,” allowing them to shape their service in light of their skills, experiences and passions. Martin has not only enhanced the student experience, she has improved the value of student service to CCS, through short term projects like volunteering in the food bank and through longer-term projects including student-designed new database systems, spatial and graphic enhancements, new flyers and communication devices, and video tools. She has overseen an influx in student-led food drives and a stronger linkage between the Weber Cares Food Pantry and CCS. Martin also participates in WSU volunteer fairs, volunteer manager trainings and faculty-partner panels to bring create a strong CCS-campus connection.
Community Engaged Alum: Danielle Croyle (Class of 1996)
Police Lieutenant and Weber State alumnus Danielle Croyle (BS, Criminal Justice) works hard to both improve the local and national community directly and to connect the Weber State campus to the local community. Lieutenant Croyle has engaged in the community herself in a number of ways, including serving as a board member for the National Center on Shaken Baby, the Utah State Domestic Violence Advisory Council and the Weber-Morgan Domestic Violence Coalition. Additionally, Lieutenant Croyle serves as a bridge building connections between the Weber State campus and the community, both as a member of the WSU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board and as a member of the WSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.